U.S-India deal threatens global nuclear balance




 
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April 7th, 2006  
sandy
 

Topic: U.S-India deal threatens global nuclear balance


The New York Times

FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2006



With the exception of a few die-hard protectionists, most Americans applaud President George W. Bush's desire to build a stronger relationship with India. The world's largest democracy, with one billion people, a fast-growing economy and a lively political system, is central to America's strategic interests.
But the notion of advice and consent must include the ability for lawmakers to balk when the price for something becomes too high. Such is the case now, as the Bush administration tries to get Congress to approve the very bad nuclear deal it has struck with India.
The pact would allow India to make an end run around the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty's basic bargain - that countries renounce nuclear weapons in exchange for the right to import sensitive nuclear technology to produce energy.
America has imposed nuclear export restrictions on India because India refuses to sign the treaty and has tested a nuclear device that uses materials and technology diverted from its civilian nuclear program.
In trying to give India a special exemption, Bush is jeopardizing a carrot-and-stick approach that has been effective for more than 35 years. It is the legal basis on which Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is trying to build a coalition against Iran's nuclear program. The treaty has persuaded countries like South Korea, Japan and Brazil to forgo nuclear weapons.
Senator Richard Lugar, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, asked Rice all the right questions during her testimony before the committee on Wednesday.
Unfortunately he, along with Senator Joseph Biden, the panel's ranking Democrat, appear likely to support the deal. The central question, Lugar says, is, "How important is India?"
We beg to differ. The central question is not the importance of India, but rather the importance of deterring a global nuclear arms race.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/04/...on/edindia.php
April 7th, 2006  
filmmaker
 
 
that is great! every countrys around india can start to build more nuclear weapons. Iran will say if india can not obey the rule why I have to. next. N korea will keep do what they are doing! what great world! nuclear party!
April 8th, 2006  
CABAL
 
 
If the US-India nuclear deal goes through, it will further encourage Iran pursue to develop Nuclear weapons as a deterrent. If Iran produces Nuclear weapons, compellence for the US have failed regardless if physical or non-physical action is taken.

States build nuclear weapons because of its cheap and robust form of defense and deterrence.
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April 8th, 2006  
Marinerhodes
 
 
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Originally Posted by CABAL
If the US-India nuclear deal goes through, it will further encourage Iran pursue to develop Nuclear weapons as a deterrent. If Iran produces Nuclear weapons, compellence for the US have failed regardless if physical or non-physical action is taken.

States build nuclear weapons because of its cheap and robust form of defense and deterrence.
I have to agree there in part. If the US tries to take a backdoor approach with India then all it will do is encourage other countries to attempt to do the same. That will put the US in a bad position as some will say, "You did this with India, why not let us do it with XXXXX?"